The play begins in the 1860s – during the Victorian era – somewhere in a British colony in Africa. The action centres around the household of colonial administrator Clive and his wife Betty. In an atmosphere of strict moral codes and gender norms, there are stirrings of sexual desire, personal liberation and political rebellion. Despite being seen as illicit, everything from homosexuality to adultery finds a way of coming out.
After interval, the play moves forward some 150 years to modern-day London. Some of the characters from Act I reappear, played by different actors – for them, only 25 years have passed. In this era of greater sexual and societal openness, the factors limiting personal and sexual freedom have changed, but the past’s restrictions still linger.
CAST & CHARACTERS
Cloud Nine features a raft of characters across its two quite distinct halves. It's an important part of the script that the actors, in some cases, play characters of a different gender. And, at interval, the actors all change or switch roles. It looks a little confusing on paper, but it all makes a lot of sense in the theatre.
Cloud Nine, 1 Jul – 12 Aug 2017, Wharf 1 Theatre
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